Chelsea deemed favourite to win FA Cup

According  to the sportbooks, Chelsea have emerged the 2.78 FA Cup favorites after their humiliation of Leicester City on Sunday and getting drawn against Southampton in the semi-finals.

The two other fancied sides, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were drawn together. Both games will hold at Wembley Stadium, which has served as Spurs’ home ground this season while White Hart Lane is being reconstructed.

The matches are fixed to hold on 21st and 22nd of April.

The game against Leicester was a great one for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who could be heading for the exit doors at the end of the season, only 12 months after leading the Blues team to a Premier League triumph.

Losing to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek meant the FA Cup became their only hope for a trophy this season as they look to salvage a disappointing campaign.

They were taken to extra time in the quarter-final at Leicester City, but substitute Pedro found the net to earn a 2-1 win.

Now they will be up against a former Stamford Bridge hero in Mark Hughes, whose debut game as manager of Southampton brought a 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic in Sunday’s other quarter-final.

Hughes plied his trade with the Blues from 1995-98, winning the cup in 1997.

This season Chelsea defeated Southampton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in December. The teams will meet on successive weekends as the return game is at Southampton on 14 April.

“When you arrive at this point, every game is difficult,” Conte said. “Southampton have just changed coach but now it is important to be happy and to go for another game at Wembley. If you can win a trophy it is important for a team like Chelsea.”

Spurs and Manchester United have shared the points in their two league meetings this season.

United had a 1-0 home win in October but the favor was returned at Wembley where Spurs dealt them 2-0 in January, conceding the opening goal to Christian Eriksen after 11 seconds.

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